Impediment profiling for smoking cessation: Preliminary experience

David L. Katz, Josette Boukhalil, Sean C. Lucan, Dipti Shah, Wendy Chan, Ming Chin Yeh

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Introduction: Cigarette smoking is a leading cause of preventable death. Methods: Long and short "impediment profilers" (LIPs and SIPs, respectively) addressing nicotine addiction, depression, anxiety, stress, chemical dependency, weight control, and household smoking were developed and applied in a pilot smoking cessation study to tailor treatment. Results: Quit rate 72 hours after the target quit date was 50%; at 8 and 12 weeks it was 61 % and 39%, respectively. The LIP identified fewer impediments than the SIP. Conclusions: Impediment profiling for tailored smoking cessation intervention is associated with high initial quit rates and warrants further study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)524-537
Number of pages14
JournalBehavior Modification
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Intervention study
  • Smoking
  • Smoking cessation
  • Tobacco
  • Tobacco use cessation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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